What is the case of Marbury v Madison?

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The court case of Marbury v Madison is a very important case. It was brought to court by William Marbury who received a government appointment right at the end of the presidency of John Adams. This appointment was part of John Adams’s midnight appointment where he appointed a bunch of...

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The court case of Marbury v Madison is a very important case. It was brought to court by William Marbury who received a government appointment right at the end of the presidency of John Adams. This appointment was part of John Adams’s midnight appointment where he appointed a bunch of people in the last few hours of his presidency. However, not all the appointments were delivered before Thomas Jefferson became President. Jefferson told his Secretary of State, James Madison, not to deliver the appointments that weren’t completed before the end of the presidency of John Adams.

The Supreme Court ruled that it could not require that Marbury would receive his commission. It also ruled that the courts have the power of judicial review. This means that the courts can determine if laws are legal or illegal. This is the most significant part of the ruling in the case of Marbury v Madison.

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